Students reach local finals of Future Chef competition
All year 10 Food and Nutrition students were entered into the school heats for the 2017 Future Chef National Competition organised by Springboard. They had to prepare and cook a nutritious meal for two people for less than £5. All the students performed extremely well with a wide array of food products made in school. The winners of the school heat were Harriet Kempster and Yasmine Hanshaw- Wolsey.
In January, Harriet and Yasmine went to the local finals which were held at Selby college where they competed against representatives from other schools. This time the students had to prepare, cook and present a 2 course meal for under £7 in one and a half hours. They had to present their costings and nutritional analysis of the food in advance of the competition.
On the day, Harriet and Yasmine had to wear full chef attire including safety shoes to work in the commercial kitchen. The competition was judged by 3 professional chefs who were stunned at the level of skill demonstrated by all the competitors. Yasmine made fresh pasta tagliatelle carbonara with asparagus for main course, then a chocolate orange mousse with orange biscuits for dessert. Harriet made chicken Kiev with polenta chips and salad, with a lemon tart and raspberry coulis for dessert.
The judges struggled to find a winner for this competition and had to change the judging criteria to the same as used when judging professional chefs because the standard was so high. Unfortunately, Jasmine and Harriet were not successful on this occasion. The chefs gave individual feedback to the students on how they could improve their dishes and the changes were very small. Yasmine’s dessert was quoted as the “dish of the day” with no possible suggestions for improvement.
This was a fantastic opportunity for the students which they thoroughly enjoyed and represented the school impeccably. Congratulations to them both!
(Springboard is a national organisation which is sponsored by a number of prestigious food companies and promotes food education and training in the UK)